Grid cells come into play when the imagination runs away | Science

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Brain cells involved in spatial navigation and mapping the environment also fire when we merely imagine moving through familiar surroundings, according to a new study by...

Stem cells from schizophrenics produce fewer neurons | Science

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Stem cells obtained from patients with schizophrenia carry a genetic mutation that alters the ratio of the different type of nerve cells they produce, according to...

How to become a super memorizer – and what it does to your brain...

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To many of us, having to memorize a long list of items feels like a chore. But for others, it is more like a sport. Every...

Frigatebirds sleep in mid-flight | Science

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When Charles Darwin arrived at the Galápagos Islands in 1839, he had the opportunity to observe the habits of frigatebirds, and marvelled at their graceful flight...

A neural pathway that erases memories | Science

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In order to remember, we must forget. Recent research shows that when your brain retrieves newly encoded information, it suppresses older related information so that it...

Barack Obama Blindness: Failing to see the unexpected | Science

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There’s much more to visual perception than meets the eye. What we see is not merely a matter of patterns of light falling on the retina,...

Face-selective brain region continues to grow in adulthood | Science

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Faces are important to us. From the moment we are are born, we prefer to look at faces than at other, inanimate objects, and, being social...

Breathing modulates brain activity and mental function | Science

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The rhythm of breathing co-ordinates electrical activity across a network of brain regions associated with smell, memory, and emotions, and can enhance their functioning, according to...

Cannabis may enhance night vision | Science

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25 years ago, pharmacologist M. E. West of the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, noted that local fisherman who smoke cannabis or drink...

Birds pack more cells into their brains than mammals | Science

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Calling someone “bird brain” used to be considered as an insult. Birds’ brains are very small compared to those of mammals, and what’s more, they lack...

Obesity alters brain structure and function | Science

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Lucy Cheke and her colleagues at the University of Cambridge recently invited a few participants into her lab for a kind of ‘treasure hunt’. The participants navigated...

Researchers develop non-invasive deep brain stimulation method | Science

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Since 1997, more than 100,000 Parkinson’s Disease patients have been treated with deep brain stimulation (DBS), a surgical technique that involves the implantation of ultra-thin wire...

How the Zika virus causes birth defects | Science

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“I lifted up my T-shirt to check on what I thought had just been a small heat rash,” writes BuzzFeed correspondent Ali Watkins. “It had shown...

Enhancing Essay Feedback | School of Psychology blog

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By Dr Dave Smalley The topic of student perceptions of written feedback is an under-researched area which is surprising given that universities typically...

Registered Reports free for authors and readers

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By Prof Zoltan Dienes In April we launched Peer Community In Registered Reports (PCI RR), where a Registered Report in any discipline can be submitted (by linking...

Nerve terminal nanofilaments control brain signalling | Science

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This spectacular image – which took the best part of a year to create – shows the fine structure of a nerve terminal at high resolution,...

Genetically engineered ‘Magneto’ protein remotely controls brain and behaviour | Science

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Researchers in the United States have developed a new method for controlling the brain circuits associated with complex animal behaviours, using genetic engineering to create a...

Tarantula toxin untangles pain pathways | Science

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With their large, hairy bodies and long legs, tarantulas are an arachnophobe’s worst nightmare. For pain researchers, however, these outsized spiders are a dream come true:...

Gut bacteria regulate nerve fibre insulation | Science

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Far from being silent partners that merely help to digest food, the bacteria in your gut may also be exerting subtle influences on your thoughts, moods,...

Live imaging of synapse density in the human brain | Science

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The human brain is often said to be the most complex object in the known universe, and there’s good reason to believe that it is. That...

Sleep may help us to forget by rebalancing brain synapses | Science

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We spend one third of our lives sleeping, but we still do not know exactly why we sleep. Recent research shows that that the brain does...

Greener conferences | School of Psychology blog

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By Dr Charlotte Rae Conference season is upon us, and this year lots of us will be attending virtual meetings instead of travelling to conferences in person. Although...

Bumblebee’s electric field sensor identified | Science

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Bumblebees use the fine hairs covering their bodies to detect electrical fields produced by the flowers they feed on and pollinate, according to a new study...

Running cognitive tasks online, for free

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By Max Lovell Note: This is an abridged version of an article that can be found on my personal webspace – see that version for more details,...

Positive Medicine – Positive Psychology News

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Dr. Kathi Norman, MAPP '17, is a physician assistant, international speaker, and founder of Positive Medicine. Her passion is the marriage of medicine and positive health...

World Refugee Day 2021: Together we heal, learn and shine

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By Dr Varuni Wimalasiri The significance of World Refugee Day World refugee day is on the 20th of June every year and is a day designated by the...

Who helps the helpers? 8 tips for voluntary groups

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Local voluntary mutual aid groups have been critically important for many people during Covid. But keeping the momentum going is difficult even when the need for...

ToyBox: a mental health start-up founded by students

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Théoni Fernando is one of our students in the Occupational and Organisational Psychology MSc that we run in collaboration with the University of Sussex Business School....

Autistic Pride Day | School of Psychology blog

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by Prof Nicola Yuill It sometimes seems there is an awareness day, week or month for every possible cause – June sees Loneliness Awareness, Men’s Health, National...

Virtual group music-making during lockdowns

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By Maruša Levstek When the pandemic hit in late 2019 and the whole world had to practically retract to their homes, everyone was talking about furlough, lockdown,...

Working as a Research Fellow in Parliament

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Our PhD student Alison Lacey was on a 13-week placement at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). POST offers Research Fellowships to approximately 30 PhD students...

Creating a society that works for autistic people: The ACoRNS Health webinar

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By Ethan Lam and Prof Nicola Yuill The Autism Community Research Network Sussex was launched last year as a collaboration between Psychology and Education researchers at the...

How Important is Skin Colour to First Generation South Asian Women

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By Jamie Chan If we asked ourselves which part(s) of our body we are less happy about, the chances are that our answer would revolve around weight,...

The Parenting Tool that Helps Kids Learn Emotion Regulation Skills

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Validation is one of the most powerful parenting tools, and yet it is often left out of traditional behavioral parent training programs. In general, behavioral parent...

Second Wave of Positive Psychology – Positive Psychology News

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Marta Velázquez Gil is a psychologist and researcher. She has published research in scientific journals and both national and international congresses. Her biggest interest is research...

Finding a Balance between Optimism and Pessimism – Positive Psychology News

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Darlene Marshall, MAPP '20, is a personal trainer, wellness coach, speaker, writer, and workshop facilitator. She is a thought leader and expert at the intersection...

Sussex Education Awards 2021 | School of Psychology blog

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The Sussex Education Awards recognise faculty and professional services whose work had / is having a positive impact on the Sussex community....

Spirit of Sussex Award -Psychology Nominees: Shannon Plant

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The Spirit of Sussex Award (SoSA) Connector team has been in contact with Psychology students to highlight their impressive extra-curricular activities. This month the SOSA Connector team...

What to Look For and How You Can Help Your Child Grow

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Last updated on December 18, 2020 By MPGteam Learning about early developmental milestones for babies and toddlers is one of the most important things...

Spirit of Sussex Award -Psychology Nominees: Bushra Farooq

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The Spirit of Sussex Award (SoSA) Connector team has been in contact with Psychology students to highlight their impressive extra-curricular activities. Log onto the Spirit of Sussex Award website to...

Reducing patterns of brain hyperactivity in individuals at genetic risk of Alzheimer’s disease: an...

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By Dr Claire Lancaster Fifty million people live with dementia worldwide, the most common cause of which is Alzheimer’s – a progressive, neurodegenerative disease. Although the past...

The active essay writing initiative

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Earlier this summer, Dr Wendy Garnham was one of the “torch-bearer” in the virtual torch relay event organised by AdvanceHE. In the spirit of the Olympic Games,...

What are the Differences in OT, PT, Speech and ABA in Early Intervention?

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Medical professionals and therapists concur that the earlier in life a child receives early intervention services the better the child’s prognosis. All children with autism can...

New AI Tool Promises Faster, More Accurate Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

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Researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence algorithm that can accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s by detecting subtle differences in language. According to researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology...

Meet Professor Nicola Yuill | School of Psychology blog

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Prof Nicola Yuill personifies the interdisciplinary spirit that has always been at the core of Sussex. Whether as a student or as a lecturer, she has...

What is COP26? | School of Psychology blog

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COP26 is the 26th meeting of the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, taking place in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November. COP26 will...

Book Review: The Self-Evolved Leader

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“The Self-Evolved Leader was written to take you on a journey, from making the critical shift in perspective needed to break the cycle of mediocre leadership,...

How to Give Direct and Clear Feedback

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From front-line leaders all the way up to C-suite leaders, I have seen, time and time again, how managers have made a mess in delivering feedback...

The Christmas Countdown – University of Leicester

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Posted by Enna in Psychology on December 1, 2018 Happy 1st of December guys!   It’s official. The Christmas countdown is on.   Although this is meant to be the...

August 31 is Launch Day for The Business of Race – Positive Psychology News

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Kathryn Britton, MAPP '06, former software engineer, is a coach working with professionals to increase well-being, energy, and meaning in their work lives (Theano Coaching LLC). She...

World Sleep Day 2021: 4 top tips for a good night’s sleep

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Today is World Sleep Day, and this year’s focus is ‘Regular Sleep, Healthy Future’. Most of us have experienced the consequences of a bad night’s sleep at...

Baking, Mindfulness, and Permaculture – Positive Psychology News

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Elaine O'Brien, PhD, MAPP '08, is a positive psychology, fitness leadership, positive health promotion, movement science, aging, and well-being speaker, author, trainer, thought leader, people/project manager,...

Self-Insight Is Sparked by “Crystallization of Discontent” Moments

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“The twists and turns of your life can be so unexpected, and that’s a good thing to learn.” -Christina Baker Kline (American novelist) In The Power of...

Physical Isolation Does Not Mean Social Isolation

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The research is very clear on this: if you want to say psychologically fit, strong and healthy, you need to socialise and bond with others. This...

Do Changes in Emotion Regulation Affect Decision-Making in People with Alzheimer’s Disease?

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by Dr Rotem Perach, Prof Jennifer Rusted, Prof Pete Harris, Dr Eleanor Miles Ever felt so excited that you found yourself telling your life story to a...

Anxiety, Worrying, and Overthinking – Strategic Psychology Canberra

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Anxiety, worrying or overthinking is like most things — on a scale. Some people will avoid ‘scary’ things like the plague, others will simply play an...

Green Impact Gold Award | School of Psychology blog

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Green Impact is a University-wide scheme, run by the NUS, to encourage Schools to undertake sustainability activities. This was Psychology’s first year taking part, and over the...

Book Review — Influence and Impact: Discover and Excel at What Your Organization Needs...

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“What we have found, again and again, is that people tend to underperform because they do what is comfortable, what is familiar, or what they desire,...

To Engage and Retain Employees Provide a “Mini” Job Rotation During Employee Orientation

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Have you noticed that, in many companies, employees often have no clue what many of the other employees in other functions do to support the overall...

Getting Bad Marks – University of Leicester

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Posted by Enna in Psychology on November 18, 2018 So, it’s been a couple of months since University has started, which means that a whole host...

Food and Eating During COVID-19

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Many people struggle with psychological hunger, also known as non-hungry eating, or emotional eating at the best of times. We can eat for so many reasons...

6 Frequently Asked Questions about Recycling

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As part of our green commitment, every week we publish a series of sustainability tips on our staff newsletter. These are some of the most common...

Why You Procrastinate (And How to Stop)

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If you tend to procrastinate, why do you think you get stuck in this...

The Power of Talking

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Last updated on September 16, 2020 By MPGteam As the new school year approaches and families begin to feel the stress of having to...

Understanding collective fear responses to perceived terrorist threats

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By Dr Dermot Barr The UK national threat level was raised to ‘Severe’, the second highest level, on the 3rd November 2020 after a series of terrorist...

How do I recognize high quality ABA?

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If you are a parent who is selecting an ABA provider, you have traveled a long road of identifying and fighting for your child’s needs. Thanks...

Remembering Ed Diener – Positive Psychology News

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Kathryn Britton, MAPP '06, former software engineer, is a coach working with professionals to increase well-being, energy, and meaning in their work lives (Theano Coaching LLC). She...

“You’re on mute!” On Having High-Quality (Zoom) Connections – Positive Psychology News

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Dr. Nico Rose (MAPP '14) is a professor for organizational psychology at International School of Management (ISM) in Dortmund, Germany. He worked for Bertelsmann, Europe's largest...

Alzheimer type dementia | School of Psychology blog

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by Prof Jennifer Rusted Age is not synonymous with poor health, but Alzheimer type dementia (AD) is a disease of the brain for which age is the...

Helping parents improve their children’s behaviors

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This pandemic has been hard on families in a lot of ways. Being an employee, a chef, a maid, a home repair expert, a teacher and...

Alzheimer’s Treatment With Antibodies Shows Promise in Clearing Plaques, Aiding Cognition

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New research suggests a different therapeutic approach may be helpful in reducing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. In the study, University of Kentucky investigators discovered an...

A Case Presentation using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with a 12 year old girl

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Last updated on December 24, 2020 By MPGteam I look at my schedule and see I have a new patient intake this week. I...

Ho, ho, ho… it’s beginning to look a lot like (a Green) Christmas

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By Maruša Levstek With Christmas songs on repeat, a tree in the corner waiting to be decorated and an apple pie in the oven, I still...

The Privacy Mismatch: Evolved Intuitions in a Digital World

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By Joe Green Imagine you’re on a busy train texting a friend when you notice a stranger sneakily reading your texts from over your shoulder. Your natural...

Alcohol Addiction Research | School of Psychology blog

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By Dr Bryan Singer The Sussex Addiction Research and Intervention Centre (SARIC) is made up of a collection of investigators who are dedicated to understanding the biopsychosocial...

Steve Jobs Had Moderately Low Emotional Intelligence

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I thought this might be an interesting case study. I’ve come across many articles where writers (both lay and scholars) have stated that they believe Steve...

It’s 2021… and we are still dealing with misogyny in the name of open...

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By Anonymous A few of you might have followed a very recent pile-on on Twitter. For those that have not, here is some context: a recent paper...

Mitigating the new variant SARS-CoV-2 virus: How to support public adherence to physical distancing

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By John Drury Journalists often ask me how the public will behave when the next set of Covid-19 restrictions begins. Will they accept the rules or ignore...

Small Acts of Kindness Can Matter So Much

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Kindness From a Stranger This is the first time I’ve shared this story. It’s not earth-shattering, traumatic, or dramatic, just a small act of kindness that meant...

Three Leadership Derailing Behaviors | Workplace Psychology

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Leaders exhibit common bad habits and researchers have pinpointed specific behaviors that can derail a person’s career (Lombardo & Eichinger, 2009). For two great coaching and...

People with Secure High Self-Esteem Don’t Need or Seek External Validation

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The older I get, the more reflective and observant I become. It might be because I’m older and a bit wiser, but I think it’s more...

3 Steps for Re-Establishing Social Connections After Covid

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How would you say your social connectedness has shifted since before the pandemic? Maybe...

Food Selectivity (“Picky Eaters”) Group For Parents of Children Ages 4-12

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Last updated on June 22, 2020 By MPGteam Over the course of 7 weeks, parents of children ages 4-12 will meet virtually in a...

3 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

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While the winter holidays and their traditions can certainly bring joy, comfort, and nostalgia,...

Does Health Insurance Cover Online Therapy?

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Online Therapy Works The popularity of online therapy has surged since the onset of the...

Deep Rock Habits vs. Rewards

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I’ve been doing two things in my free time lately. One is playing Deep Rock Galactic, a co-op mining game about dwarves in space. The other...

“They don’t know we’ve got legs”: meeting online and in-person

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By Prof Nicola Yuill Covid-19 restrictions haven’t just stopped us meeting in person – instead, they have nudged us into new ways of connecting. Humans are the...

Tools to Help Address Minimal to Major Changes in Routines in the Lives of...

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Last updated on March 24, 2020 By MPGteam Under the diagnostic criteria of Restricted and repetitive Patterns of Behavior of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),...

Book Summary & Review — Anxiety at Work: 8 Strategies to Help Teams Build...

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According to Adrian Gostick, one of the main reasons for writing the book had to do with his (now) 25-year-old son, Anthony (Tony) Gostick, who had...

Do you know what I’m thinking? – a Journey from Mozambique to Sussex

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Paloma Manguele is a PhD student in the Attention Lab. She studies mind wandering, a concept she is cautious to translate into her first language, Portuguese....

Virtual Body Swapping With Friend Can Alter Your Sense of Self

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A new study shows that, when pairs of friends swapped bodies in a perceptual illusion, their beliefs about their own personalities became more similar to their...

The American Psychiatric Association’s apology to ‘Black, Indigenous, and People of Color’: Performative Action...

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By Alexandra Taylor On January 18th, 2021, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) released the ‘APA’s Apology to Black, Indigenous and People of Color for Its Support of...

Alcohol and Self-Isolation – Strategic Psychology Canberra

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During self isolation you may find you have more time on your hands than normal. Although studies suggest people actually work more when they are at...

Neighbours support each other during COVID-19

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By Selin Tekin Guven Since the beginning of March 2020, COVID-19 pandemic related news has been the main topic in the media. Medical experts have explained different...

How Do I Stop Worrying?

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How many times have you heard the words ‘stop worrying’ by those well intentioned loved ones? And how many times have you wanted to answer, “tell...

New Articles in Online Magazine on Positive Psychology Applications – Positive Psychology News

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The latest edition of the MAPP Magazine was published this week. The mission of the...

My Volunteer Story with North Texas Food Bank

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In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 19-25, 2020), the organization I’m volunteering at—North Texas Food Bank (NTFB)—has asked us to share our own volunteer story...

Pygmalion Effect – A Leader’s Attitude and Expectation Set the Tone

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In the book, Extreme Ownership, Leif Babin (a U.S. Navy SEAL officer who was a SEAL instructor overseeing the Junior Officer Training Course in the Naval...

Overcoming Obstacles: Attitude and Approach Are Answers to Pains and Problems

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“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”―William Shakespear In his book, The Obstacle Is the Way, Ryan Holiday (2014) shares the wisdom...

How to Help Someone with Postpartum Depression

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Depression after childbirth can be overwhelming and isolating. In the midst of becoming a mother, new moms are exposed to many new challenges. In addition to...

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